The Boss wants a new president. Bruce Springsteen and his manager, Jon Landau, are among those spearheading a fall tour of 40 concerts in presidential battleground states, involving numerous artists, to rally voters for the Democratic candidate, Sen. John Kerry. An official tour announcement is expected Wednesday, but liberal activist group MoveOn.org has posted info about the tour, including a lineup that lists such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, and R.E.M. (whose manager, Bertis Downs, is organizing the tour along with Landau, according to Billboard).
The Vote For Change Tour is actually six mini-tours: one featuring Pearl Jam and Death Cab for Cutie; one with Dave Matthews Band, Jurassic 5, and My Morning Jacket; one with Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Keb' Mo'; one with Mellencamp and Kenneth ''Babyface'' Edmonds; one with the Dixie Chicks and Taylor; and one with Springsteen and the E Street Band, R.E.M., John Fogerty, and Bright Eyes. All shows are scheduled for the first 10 days of October, a month before the election, in heavily contested states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida. The tour may culminate in an all-star show in Miami on Oct. 10. Proceeds will go to America Coming Together, a group that has been registering voters in the hopes of getting them to vote for liberal candidates. More news about the tour will come Wednesday night in a rare TV chat with the press-shy Springsteen, who'll discuss it with Ted Koppel on ABC's ''Nightline.''